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LouisvilleKY’s Dr. Martin Pollio Named Acting Superintendent of JCPS

Dr. Pollio will officially assume the post on July 2. Story from JCPS’ website May 16, 2017—This evening, the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) announced the selection of Dr. Martin “Marty” Pollio to serve as acting superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District. Dr. Pollio will officially assume the post on July 2. “Dr. Pollio is the right person at the right time to steer this district—providing stability and direction while giving the board time to name a superintendent,” said Board Chair Chris Brady. “Dr. Pollio has a proven track record of turning around struggling schools, increasing…


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LouisvilleKY explores “Say Yes” opportunity, which could provide scholarships to all high school grads

Informational Meeting for Community Partner Programs on Monday LOUISVILLE (July 25, 2016) –  Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will meet with community leaders this afternoon to learn more about “Say Yes to Education,”  a national foundation that could help Louisville become the next community to guarantee a tuition-free college option to all high school graduates. “This could be transformational for Louisville’s next generation of leaders – and it would shift the landscape of economic development for decades to come,” Mayor Fischer said. “Imagine if every child in Louisville could go to college, without…


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Louisville Ky girl wins KDF spelling bee

Louisville, Ky., – Third time was a charm for 10-year-old Tara Singh of Louisville as she won the 23rd annual Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee today. Singh, who was competing for the third year in a row, correctly spelled “Eponym” – (of a person) giving their name to something. The competition was held in the Bomhard Theatre at the Kentucky Center for the Arts (501 W. Main Street in Louisville). Amber Voigtschild of Lawrence County, Indiana, was runner-up in the competition among students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  Singh represents Jefferson County Private Schools and is a…


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Louisville Ky schools on alert after “nonspecific” threat

From an email sent to JCPS parents: Louisville, Ky., – Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying you that LMPD has received a nonspecific threat for Friday, Jan. 8, against unnamed schools – the report didn’t specify whether the schools were public or private. This appears to be another in a series of threats being reported to educational institutions across the country recently. JCPS safety protocol dictates that we operate all schools on a normal schedule but at a heightened level of security (Level 3).  Therefore, exterior doors to your child’s school will be locked at all times,…


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Louisville Ky’s school system names new communications chief

Louisville, Ky., – Jefferson County Public Schools has a new spokesperson: Allison Martin. According to local news reports, JCPS says Martin will take over January 14, 2016. Martin has served as chief of staff and communications director for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, deputy communications director for former Mayor Jerry Abramson and as a reporter/anchor at WLKY. “Martin is a passionate supporter of public education and a highly experienced communicator who has great familiarity with JCPS, both as a parent and through her work overseeing education communications for the Mayor’s office,” said Superintendent Donna Hargens in a statement. “She is…


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Louisville’s Kindergarten Countdown Fair at Slugger Field July 28

LOUISVILLE (July 27, 2015) – Hundreds of 5-year-olds are expected to swarm Louisville Slugger Field the evening of July 28 for the annual Kindergarten Countdown Fair – the main event of the city’s yearly initiative to help prepare students entering school for the first time. “This is an important milestone,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.  “I want our kids to get excited about the first day of school, and I want parents to know how to prepare their children. Kindergarten is the first step to a successful education and bright future.” The Kindergarten Countdown Fair is Tuesday, July 28 at Louisville…


Mayor Fischer announces 80 summer learning programs for Louisville youth, teenagers

LOUISVILLE – From safari camps at the Louisville Zoo to reading programs in the libraries to an online brain chase game at community centers, Louisville is offering over 80 learning programs for students during the summer break, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. In addition, there are hundreds of camps and enrichment activities this summer organized by non-profit organizations, local colleges and universities, museums, churches, libraries, and arts organizations. “There’s no excuse for students to spend the summer losing all the knowledge they’ve gained during the school year,” Fischer said. “Many of the city’s summer programs are free or low-cost and…


Louisville Teacher Garners National Recognition

Louisville, Ky., – Kitty Head, an instructor with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Adult & Continuing Education, received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award last month during the Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference in Denver. The award recognizes Head as an avid student advocate who reaches students on a personal level to better understand their needs and guide them to the skills and training necessary to reach their individual goals. Head teaches science, social studies, math, and language arts. Information on the JCPS Adult & Continuing Education Program is available at http://adulted4u.com/. Here is the commission’s biography…